What does 2018 have in store?

25th January 2018

Here’s our take on the trends that are set to shape the construction industry over the next 12 months and beyond.

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Technology

As BIM is becoming more widely used along with alternative construction methods such as off-site, the next big advance in technology to benefit the construction industry is likely to be virtual reality (VR). Far from being a gimmick solely for the games industry, VR could soon be an important time-saving tool for construction projects, where it can be used to allow designers to effectively walk around a building and address any potential issues at the earliest stage.

The trend for smart buildings, which incorporate technology into their very fabric, are also gaining ground and we’re looking forward to seeing how this influences washroom design in the future.

 

New materials

We pride ourselves on offering an extensive range of materials and finishes and are always on the look-out for the latest advances in materials technology to expand our range just as we did with our Alto FENIX toilet cubicles.

Materials with built-in charge technology such as Corian are making waves and we’ll also be keeping a close eye on this year’s Surface Design Show next month to see what developments we can incorporate into our product range.

 

Sustainability

This is increasingly important to clients and large contractors who are equally under pressure to demonstrate how a project meets sustainability criteria and so will continue to shape washroom design.  By using sustainable materials such as bamboo wood veneer, offering the option to reuse cubicle doors as part of a refurbishment and only using FSC certified wood, we’re doing our bit to help our clients achieve their sustainability targets.

It’s not just the materials we use that can impact the overall sustainability rating of a project but also our production methods too. Last year we invested in a new biomass boiler for our factory, which is powered from waste wood off-cuts and is expected to save around 85,000KW in electricity usage each year.

 

Colour

The Pantone colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, it was chosen because it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” If that’s anything to go by, then it should be an interesting year ahead!